Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Napa Valley

 

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When you think about it, what better place is there to celebrate the out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new than in one of the world’s top producers of sparkling wine? As it happens, there’s an abundance of venues here in the Napa Valley that celebrate the New Year in style. Please note that all events are for those aged 21 and over. And make your reservations soon – most of these parties will sell out. Ring in the new year and welcome 2015 at these great parties:

The Napa Valley Wine Train (Napa) is featuring a three-and-a-half hour gourmet dinner journey plus a Blackjack Ball after-party at the station with casino tables, photo booth, dancing, and sparkling wine toast at midnight. Tickets are $65 to $275/person.

Westin Verasa and La Toque (Napa) will host its annual Red Tie Affair, including a five-course dinner at La Toque followed by a Red Tie Celebration at BANK Café and Bar with DJ, sweet bites, and bubbly. Dress code is “dress to impress” in red. Tickets are $65 to $274/person.

The Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa) is offering several options to celebrate: A four-course meal at Siena Restaurant, a candle-lit multi-course dinner in the Estate Cave paired with Trinitas Cellars wines, and a ballroom bash featuring live music by the Brian Cline Band, a VIP/Bubble Lounge, party favors, and small bites. Tickets are $60 to $225/person.

1313 Main (Napa) will serve a five-course menu with Champagne pairings, followed by a “Masquerade in the Chateau” party with Domaine Carneros sparkling wine and Taittinger Champagne. You can expect a DJ, dance floor, photographers, craps table, aerialists and decor recalling the great chateaux. Tickets are $25 to $130/person.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (St. Helena) will hold its annual New Year’s Eve celebration from 5 pm to 1 am, featuring a four-course dinner menu with LMR wines, Cabernet Sauvignon grappa, cocktails, and live music. Cost is $65/person without wines and $90 with wines.

Goose & Gander (St. Helena) is hosting two seatings of its Supper Club at 5 pm and 8 pm with live piano by Bob Ringwald, followed by an after-party with DJ Rotten Robbie. Tickets are $55 to $175/person.

Castello di Amorosa (Calistoga) will be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, including a wine-tasting reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, a decadent five-course dinner in the Grand Barrel Room, dancing to live music in the Great Hall, photo booth, and a sparkling wine toast and balloon drop at midnight. It also offers a shuttle to Calistoga hotels. Tickets are $275 for wine club members, $325 for guests.

Calistoga’s Celebrate! Bash begins with a night of fine dining in downtown Calistoga then a courtesy shuttle to the Fairgrounds Events Center, where you’ll enjoy a premium open bar, over-the-top dessert bar, late-night munchies, dancing to classic party tunes performed by Night Fever, and a midnight toast with Schramsberg.
Tickets are $100 (after-party only) and $150/person (with dinner).

Many hotels are offering great holiday packages. Local taxi services include Yellow Cab (707-226-3731) and Black Tie Taxi (707-259-1000), and the Uber app now serves the Napa Valley. Just remember that our local police and CHP are experts at spotting DUIs, so make sure you’ve got transportation lined up.

Kirsten Mickelwait is a St. Helena-based writer who has lived and raised her family in the Napa Valley for nearly 20 years.

1 Comment

  • Reply December 9, 2014

    J. Walter

    It’s a no-brainer. Los Lobos will be rocking in the new year at City Winery at the historic Napa Valley Opera House downtown!

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